Last year we made an appeal for £186,180 funds to re-roof the main building of the monastery. We are pleased to inform you that the first stage of our re-roofing project has been completed. It cost a total of £60,000.
It has only been in the year, dedicated to St Joseph, that extensive and effective work has taken place over the Retreat Centre thanks to his powerful prayers, the courage and skill of First Roofing and Building Services FRBS and to all who have contributed so generously in particular: the kind priest who donated a large sum of his inheritance towards our project, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate who raised money for us, our tearoom helpers who worked tirelessly to raise funds for us, our benefactors, and the many small donations that covered a large part of the cost.
We applied to several charities for grants, but only one charity came to our aid; we are grateful to All Churches Trust for their £3,600 grant. We are also grateful to FRBS director, James McAllister, for kindly insulating and cladding the back wall of the guest house for free.
We thank God for the roof over our heads and for the cleansing of souls that alms-giving brings. Also, the guests in the Retreat Centre now no longer have to manoeuvre around buckets when contributing to the Ora et Labora of Benedictine Spirituality by washing up after their meals! The crowning achievement of the roofing work was a handsome cross in lead crafted in the roof that is visible from the pavement. The next 2 phases will cost about £120,000, but work cannot commence until we have raised a bulk sum of the money.
If you would like to donate towards our new roof please visit our website
We also have an appeal page at GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/7ed80313
If you would like to send us a cheque please make it payable to The Benedictine Monastery and send it to Benedictine Monastery, 5 Mackerston Place, Largs KA30 8BY.
Know that you are in our prayers and always loved by God.
The Tyburn Nuns, Largs